Josh Groban Eats On $1.50 A Day: How To Be A ‘Josh Groban Fan’ On $1.50 A Day?
Josh Groban is trying to change the way Americans think about poverty. He’s doing so by eating off of $1.50 a day. The 150 cents, according to Global Poverty Project, the organization by behind the challenge, is the daily food allowance for 1.4 billion people. Groban, who participated in last year’s event, will have a food and drink budget of a buck-fifty a day for five days, but he’ll still have all the other perks of being filthy rich. So, during his 120-hour fast, Groban was seen lounging by his swimming pool and searching “how to alleviate hunger pains” on his iPad.
While the aforementioned numbers are completely fabricated, and the whole idea makes you want to roll your eyes in fustian disgust, we should give kudos to Groban. For the second time in his life he put his money where his mouth is, or to put it more accurately, he didn’t put his money in his mouth. The Global Poverty Project made “eating on $1.50 a day” a fundraising event. According to their Web site, the guilty starvation raised more than $440,000.
The singer’s generosity and charitable spirit got me thinking. Is it possible to live musically on $1.50 a day? More precisely, can you be a Josh Groban fan for $1.50 a day. Well, of course it’s possible. You don’t need to be a Josh Gorban fan at all to live. Nonetheless, I decided to see what $1.50 a day could buy you in terms of Josh Groban music and/or related memorabilia.
Groban’s poverty experiment didn’t eliminate the other amenities of living in America and neither will our experiment. You’ll still have everything you need to listen to Groban’s music from iPods to CD players. You’ll also have transportation to Josh Groban concerts and access to the internet. So is it possible to be a Josh Groban fan for $1.50 a day?
“You Raised Me Up”
For just $1.29 you can download Josh Groban’s classic “You Raised Me Up.” Grobs originally released this track back in 2003. Now in 2013, it’s a staple of his live show. You’ll hear “You Raised Me Up” when Josh Groban performs in Seattle, Washington on Oct. 4; when Josh Groban tickets are collected in Las Vegas, Nevada on Oct. 16; and when Josh Groban performs in Toronto, Ontario on Oct. 25. Even better, you can buy most Josh Groban songs for $1.29, everything from “Brave” to “You Are Loved” to “The Prayer.”
Streaming Music Services
If you save your $1.50 for a week you’ll have enough money to pay the monthly rate for a top-of-the-line music streaming service like a Napster or a Spotify premium subscription. Save for just three days and you can subscribe to Pandora One. With a streaming music service you can listen to Josh Groban, and Josh Groban-like artists, all you want. To look at it another way, you can subscribe to one of the aforementioned sites for about $.30 to $.35 a day—Pandora One is half that. That’s a pretty inexpensive way to have Josh Groban streamed into your life.
Josh Groban Fan Club
There are three tiers to the Josh Groan fan club. The top tier is $29.99 a year, the next tier is $19.99 a year, and then there’s a free account which is nothing more than a way for Groban to get his mitts on your information. I recommend the top tier since it comes with a free copy of Groban’s latest compact disc. Both tiers fall within our budget, the top is just a dollar a day for a month (unless it’s February). The second tier is just $.66 cents a day for a month.
Josh Groban Concert Tickets
Is there a way to get Josh Groban tickets for $1.50 a day? Not unless you want to save for about three months. Can you get tickets to see Josh Groban for a mere $1.50? Probably not but you can try. You can take to the internet and beg. Someone might show compassion and sell you one of their tickets for $1.50. Or you can find someone who can’t go to the show and desperately needs to unload their ticket. If $1.50 is the only offer they receive they might sell. Hey, a $1.50 is better than nothing and it’s either that or let their ticket go to waste.
Plastic Ticket Holder
Regardless of how much you paid for your Josh Groban ticket, you’re going to want to protect it. One way to do that is to slip it into a plastic ticket lanyard. On Amazon, I found a small 3 ½” x 5 3/4” semi-rigid plastic ticket holder that sells for $1.50. You can place your Josh Groban Chicago tickets, Josh Groban Boston tickets, or Josh Groban Newark Tickets inside the pocket. You can tie a string to the plastic ticket holder so you can wear it around your neck. That cheap piece of plastic not only protects your concert ticket but it makes it easier to show the arena staff your stub.
Josh Groban on The Office
Fans know that besides being one of the world’s best crooners, Groban is also a pretty decent actor. The Californian has appeared in two episodes of The Office. You can download each of his two Office appearances, Garden Party from season 8 and The Boat from season 9, via iTunes. Each episode will cost you two days’ worth of money but to see Groban as ‘Walter Bernard’ is definitely worth it.
All That Echoes
All The Echoes is Josh Groban’s sixth studio album. It dropped by Feb. 5, 2013. It was produced by Rob Cavallo and features songs penned by Stevie Wonder, Glen Hansard, and the singer himself. As you’d expect from a JG album, it debuted at number one on the Billboard 200. I found a sealed CD of All That Echoes on eBay with a starting bid of just one penny. Who knows what the price will be when the bidding ends (and I’m ignoring shipping and handling charges) but it’s theoretically possible to buy a Groban album for less than $1.50.
Perhaps you enjoy performing Groban’s music. Well, your $1.50 can get you a Wedgie Rubber Guitar pick. You can order it online but you’ll have to pick it up at the store as postage and handling will put you over the top. If you’re lucky, you might be able to find a chord sheet to a hit Groban song for less than $1.50. If the internet proves fruitless, look at used book stores, thrift stores, and garage sales.
Josh Groban has done extensive charity work throughout his career. You can honor the singer by donating your stipend to one of the worthy causes he has aided in the past. Besides the Global Poverty Project, Groban has also raised money for the Sunnybrook Hospital in Toronto, Gabrielle’s Angel Foundation, and the Noah's Ark children's orphanage in Africa. If you’re so inclined, you can always donate to Groban’s own charity, the Josh Groban Foundation.
Crazy Stupid Love
Josh Groban played the role of “Richard” in the 2011 film “Crazy, Stupid, Love.” You should be able to find a DVD or Blu Ray copy of the flick on eBay for $0.99. Again, who knows how high the bidding will go, but it’s certainly not out of the realm of possibilities to buy Groban’s big movie for $1.50. Besides acting alongside Steve Carell and Ryan Gosling, Groban has also appeared in Ally McBeal, Glee, and guest co-hosted Live with Regis and Kelly several times. Groban’s Hollywood resume also includes singing on three movie soundtracks: A.I. – Artificial Intelligence, Troy, and The Polar Express.
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